Mountain Hikes & Bike Trails Near Train Stations

Whether it's the West Coast's Mt. Rainier or the Northeast's Appalachian Trail or the myriad stops inbetween, Amtrak is your ticket to exploring breathtaking mountain trails and biking routes for an unforgettable journey that starts with the one-of-a-kind views you can only see from the train. You can even bring your own bike onboard the train, and Amtrak will treat it with the care we know (that you know) it deserves.

California Train Routes

Bear Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park

California Zephyr | Chicago - Denver - Glenwood Springs - Emeryville 

Take one ride on Amtrak's California Zephyr to hike or bike in three of the West's best mountain ranges. After testing your mettle at elevations well over 11,000 feet, cool off in Colorado's Rocky Mountain streams, float in the Great Salt Lake at the base of Utah's Wasatch range and take a dip in Lake Tahoe, the blue gem of California's Sierra Nevadas. Mountain memories are just an Amtray away. 

Top 10 locations to visit on the California Zephyr:

  • Rocky Mountain
  • Great Salt Lake State Park
  • Nevada State Park 
  • Uvalda Trail
  • Chautauqua Park
  • Staunton State Park
  • Red Rocks Park
  • Bay Area Ridge Trail
  • Castle Rock State Park
  • Hike to Alamere Falls 
Mount St. Helens in summertime

Coast Starlight | Seattle - Portland - Los Angeles  

Want to take your mountain hiking or biking to new heights? Ride Amtrak's Coast Starlight to the foothills of some of the West Coat's most magnificent mountains. Hike or bike to discover the brilliant blue waters of Crater Lake, marvel at nature's fury at Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument or explore the alpine meadows and waterfalls of Mount Rainier. Nature's wonders are just an Amtrak away.  

Top 10 locations to visit on the Coast Starlight:

  • Mt. Rainier National Park 
  • Crater Lake National Park 
  • Mount St. Helens National Park (Pictured)
  • San Vicente Mountain Park
  • Wilacre Park
  • Griffith Park Trails
  • Runyon Canyon 
  • Franklin Canyon Park
  • Eaton Canyon
  • Topanga State Park 

Midwest Train Route

St. Mary Lake and wild goose island in Glacier national park

Empire Builder | Chicago - St. Paul/Minneapolis - Spokane - Portland/Seattle

Let Amtrak's Empire Builder take you and your bike to the hidden mountain lakes, disappearing glaciers and stunning vistas of Glacier National Park. Known as the "Crown of the Continent," Glacier is home to more than 700 miles of trails as well as the famous "Going to the Sun" road that dares cyclists to master its 6% grade. Whether you're a fitness fanatic or a hiking hobbyist, the glory of Glacier is just an Amtrak away.   

Top 10 locations to visit on the Empire Builder:

  • Glacier National Park (Pictured)
  • Starved Rock State Park
  • Indiana Dunes State Park
  • Lower Macleay Park to Pittock Mansion Hike
  • Mount Spokane State Park
  • Lebanon Hills Regional Park
  • Minnehaha Regional Park 
  • Hidden Falls Regional Park 
  • Little Si and Mount Si
  • Mt. Pilchuck

Northeast Train Route

sunset view in Shenandoah National Park in Virginia in summer

Northeast Regional | Roanoke - Charlottesville

Amtrak Capitol Limited | Harpers Ferry  

The journey begins with a scenic ride on Amtrak where you can leave urban landscapes behind; the scenery gradually transforms into rolling hills and dense forests, setting the stage for your Appalachian Trail adventure. 

Top 5 locations to visit on or near the Appalachian Trail via Amtrak:

  • Cold Mountain Bald
  • Three Ridges Mountain
  • Dragon’s Tooth
  • James River Bridge
  • Shanandoah National Park (Pictured)

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